Liz Beck Thomason

First post: Dec 14, 2017 Latest post: Dec 31, 2017
As most of you know, Liz has been battling cancer since April 2016. We were notified of her cancer the night before the service for our beautiful, sweet, gentle Kenneth, following his five-year heroic battle with cancer.After a regimen of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation ending December 2016, we were optimistic Liz’s cancer was in remission. This past spring 2017, however, the cancer recurred. Since then Liz has received treatments for the recurrence with multiple modalities. One treatment is a cutting edge immunotherapy never used before in Utah which became available to her a month before MD Anderson was authorized to use it. The treatments have been unbelievably complicated and difficult, requiring multiple hospitalizations. I have taken family leave (FMLA) to attend to these treatments and her recovery.The groundswell of love, care and concern from family and friends has been overwhelming and humbling. We can not begin to express our gratitude and appreciation.

Liz and I have just been unable to keep up with all of your well wishes. For that reason we decided to update and keep family and friends informed through this CaringBridge site. We will place updates when appropriate and time permits.  We welcome your comments, photos and well wishes for Liz here, instead of on Facebook or via text or calls to her cell phone. We must also closely monitor her visitors both at home and when she is in the hospital due to the potential for infection and, of course, taking into consideration her need to rest and recover.  We care very much about your well wishes and hope to share them with all of our village.

This will be a much more effective and personal way to express and share your love and concern that we so need.

Liz will undergo weekly, intense chemotherapy infusions for the next four weeks. This is in preparation for the next round of novel therapies.

We are privileged to receive the most advanced, state-of-the-art treatment and care possible from all providers and caring nursing staff at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Hospital. That care includes collaboration with leading researchers around the country including the NIH, MD Anderson and the like.  Hopefully we will have made inroads into the recurrence by the first of the year.In the meantime, we appreciate all your love and well wishes. They are so important and mean the world to us.


Ray and Liz

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